Tobago’s young athletes took full advantage of the opportunity to sharpen their skills during the island’s first official meet of the 2020 athletic season. The Tobago Athletic Committee (TAC) hosted the National Athletic Association of Trinidad and Tobago (NAAATT) sanctioned event on Sunday January 12, at the Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet. The TCA NAAATT Track and Field Series 1 saw clubs such as Mercury, Tobago Select, Kaizen Panthers, Zenith Athletic Club, Tobago Jaguars, RSS Phoenix, Mason Hall Police Youth Club and more engaging in spirited competition. Unattached athletes took part in the meet as well. The events on Sunday included sprints, long distance runs, hurdles, high jump and long jump.
TAC President Arlon Morrison shared, “The purpose of this meet is to allow athletes in Tobago the opportunity to prepare for the many upcoming meets that we have this season. Some of the major ones include the trials for the CARIFTA Games 2020 in the first instance and the other meets thereafter. We also have the primary school athletes who will be preparing for their championships, as well as the secondary school athletes. This is an opportunity for all of them to test their abilities before they head into those major competitions.”
Five Tobago athletes have already started the season on a high note, travelling to Trinidad for NAAATT Track and Field Series 1 on January 11 and achieving qualifying standards for the 2020 CARIFTA Games. They are: double Carifta medallists Kelsey Daniel (Kaizen Panthers) and Jayden Scott (Mercury), Justin Guy (Kaizen Panthers), Jeron James (Mercury) and Lalenii Grant (Mercury).
“Our event in Tobago allows other athletes who weren’t able to make that journey a chance to make that accomplishment,” said Morrison. Another local meet is scheduled for February 9 and will also feature athletes participating in Javelin and Shot Put events. Morrison went on to mention that the athletes are benefiting from their exposure to the conditions at the stadium. He highlighted, “It really brings a sense of satisfaction to some extent. We are grateful for the opportunity.”